Miscellaneous : contacts and addresses
SPHERE - your addresses please Lola Gostelow 01.04.98
WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action)'s web site Ted Greiner 02.04.98
ICCIDD homepage John T. Dunn 13.04.98
infections - Email-list for early warning Jack Woodall 09.07.98
Alertnet - wrong address given Cassie Knight 21.08.98
field exchange Michael Golden 05.09.98
index of mail Douglas Taren 01.10.98
BMI for height standards in adolescents steve collins 10.10.98
email-based Clinical Nutrition Update Service Tony Helman 27.11.98

From: Lola Gostelow and Anna Taylor, l.gostelowatscfuk.org.uk

Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 17:27:52 +0000

Subject: SPHERE - your addresses please


Dear all,

This note is addressed to all the people with whom we've had contact

during the course of developing the minimum nutrition standards for

humanitarian response - some 150 individuals in all!

Our thanks go to all of you for your various contributions over the

last few months. Even if you didn't feed back to us on the two drafts

we sent out (in December and March), it was still useful to know that

you had seen our work and were aware of the efforts of the Sphere


We have now finalised the draft of the nutrition chapter (a

time-limited endeavour!) and submitted it to the project manager based

in Geneva. It, along with all the other chapters, will now be edited.

There will then follow a 3 month period of agency approval and

endorsement. We are aiming to have the final Sphere document published

by September 1998.

We're writing now to:

1. Say a big thank you for the time and energy you have given us in

helping improve the minimum standards in the nutrition sector

2. Check your contact addresses. We would like to send copies of the

final report to all those on our contact list, but we need to confirm

postal addresses for all of you (bearing in mind that we have no

address at all for some). Please check the attached list and let us

know if there are any gaps or errors. Please get back to me by the END


In the mean time, Anna will be moving on to do some research work in

Uganda for 3 months (with SCF(UK)), and I will revert to my normal

role as Livelihoods (food and nutrition) Adviser within SCF's policy

unit in London.

Wishing you every success in your work and looking forward to further

contact with you in the future.

Yours sincerely,

Lola Gostelow and Anna Taylor

From: Ted Greiner

Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 15:51:32 +0100 (BST)


WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) announces the creation of a new webpage on the breastfeeding rights of working women, Sender: owner-ngonutatabdn.ac.uk

Did you know that right now your country is busy answering a questionnaire for the ILO that will set the international norms for so-called maternity protection for years to come? Most countries pattern their legislation on maternity benefits for working women after the ILO Conventions but ILO's suggested new convention includes very few improvements over the original convention of 1919!

We should influence this process! We can help create a new international norm to ensure that working women everywhere get the support they need, for example to exclusively breastfeed their babies for several months.

BUT we need to act fast. Countries have only until June 30, 1998 to repond to the ILO questionnaire. They now are expected to request input from key actors, but for ILO this means unions and employers' organizations, not Ministries of Health and certainly not groups interested in breastfeeding.

On its new website WABA provides you with the information you need to make a difference in your country. Please share this information with all you know who are concerned about breastfeeding. Think of people you know even in small countries--because every country's input counts!


The address of the new website is



Ted Greiner

Unit for International Child Health, Uppsala University, Entrance 11

751 85 Uppsala, Sweden

phone +46 18 511598, fax +46 18 508013, email Ted.Greineratich.uu.se

website http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Spa/3156

From: "John T. Dunn" <jtdatavery.med.virginia.edu>

Subject: Ngonut: ICCIDD homepage

Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 10:04:50 -0400 (EDT)


Dear colleagues,

ICCIDD invites you to visit its newly organized homepage http://avery.med.virginia.edu/~jtd/iccidd or http://www.med.virginia.edu/~jtd/iccidd

It contains information about ICCIDD and IDD, including the CIDDS database with information on individual countries and IDDTECH, which has textfiles of the IDD Newsletter for the last six years. The ICCIDD Monthly Updates are also there, with recent news about ICCIDD and its activities. We also provide links to some other websites relevant to iodine deficiency.

Like all websites, it is constantly under construction. We are updating country profiles, adding to the technical database, and planning upgrades in presentation. We also offer a section for addressing specific queries. The databases were developed with aid from the IMPACT and OMNI programs of USAID, and are continuing in coordination with the Micronutrient Initiative.

We welcome comments and particularly new information on iodine deficiency and programs to eliminate it in individual countries. Please contact the undersigned for any further discussion.




John T. Dunn, Secretary,

ICCIDD, Box 511

Charlottesville, VA, 22908 USA (mailing address)

jtdatvirginia.edu, 1-804-924-5929 (telephone), 1-804-296-9275 (fax)

Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 18:44:45 +0100

From: Dr Jack Woodall

Subject: Ngonut: infections - Email-list for early warning



Dear ngonuts,

There is a list called ProMED-mail that reports on outbreaks of infectious

disease - many reports originate in the tropics. If anyone would like to

join this list details are below. They would particularly like those in

the developing world and from organizations dealing with infectious disease

to join. But beware - There is a great deal of traffic on the main list

and you may be swamped - it is much better to subscribe to the digest-lists

if you have limited EMail capacity - or to report your infectious outbreaks

directly to the moderator if you have difficulty with moderate volumes of

EMail messages.

Unfortunately there are no geographically specific digests yet.




ProMED-mail is a free, moderated e-mail list which reports and

discusses outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases of humans,

animals and plants worldwide.

The ProMED-mail Electronic Network was inaugurated on the Internet

in August 1994 by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

FAS invites and welcomes the participation of all interested


ProMED-mail is managed by HealthNet/SatelLife, a

non-profit organisation based in the USA to serve medical

organisations in the Third World though communications.

We have over 15,000 subscribers in 150 countries, but are always

looking for more, especially in developing countries. Our website is:





You may subscribe to the ProMED-mail electronic conference (which is

moderated), either through the website or by sending e-mail to:


Leave the Subject line blank (or put anything you like there), and write:

info promed

You will then receive instructions on how to subscribe.


Dr Jack Woodall, Director, ProMED-mail

Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil


Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 08:38:19 +0100

From: Cassie Knight 01715427015 <cassie.knightatreuters.com>

Subject: Ngonut: Alertnet - wrong address given


Dear Florence and Michael,

Thank you for posting up the notice about AlertNet Jobs on the NGONUT - it is an ideal audience for us, and I hope that the jobs notice board of AlertNet will prove useful.

Unfortunately, I missed a crucial space in my previous message "send the text in to us atalertnetatrtrlondon.co.uk" - our email address is in fact: <alertnetatrtrlondon.co.uk>

and the incorrect version was sent out to all NGONut users. I am terribly sorry.

Below is a description of AlertNet

Best regards,



AlertNet is an online service of news and communications for the international disaster relief community, delivered via the Internet at site address <www.alertnet.org>.

The public pages, accessible by any Internet user, feature rolling news from Reuters, press releases from relief organisations and emergency information for disaster victims and their families.

The private area, the password-protected core of the service, is open only to members who must be voluntary, non-governmental organisations (NGO's) actively engaged in international relief work. It contains specialist news, relevant reference material and an area for members to exchange views and share information.

Launched in September 1997, membership of AlertNet has already passed 50, with the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) among the latest signings. Other members include Oxfam, Save the Children Fund (UK and USA), Action Against Hunger, Care and Merlin. A full list is available in the public pages of the site.

The service is run by a specialist news desk at Reuters editorial headquarters in London. The editor is John Owen-Davies, a long-time Reuters foreign correspondent with wide experience in Africa and Asia, and his deputy is Paul Mylrea, a former bureau chief for Reuters in Latin America.

The site puts the reporting of Reuters unrivalled global network -- 174 bureaux in 99 countries -- at the service of the relief community.

Crucially, there is no attempt to recoup this on the part of Reuters. The service is a purely humanitarian project. Information in the private part of the site cannot be passed on to Reuters unless the members ask for it to be passed on. This principle is protected by contractual, technical and organisational barriers.

The reason for this is a shared concern with security. Reuters correspondents in the field share much in terms of experience and exposure to relief professionals. They are exposed and vulnerable while going about their business. The service is therefore designed to avoid anything which could increase the risks posed by relief work. When in the private site, members can be secure in the knowledge that the only people seeing the information are other relief professionals and the AlertNet team.

There is no charge for the service but we do not encourage people to see it as "free". Our aim in opening up Reuters reporting network to the relief community is the hope that by sharing information we may help to save lives and allow agencies to plan operations better. By boosting cooperation in a time of "donor fatigue", we hope to help agencies make their hard earned funds last longer.

AlertNet therefore expects members to share information with other members.

Contact names, information on relief projects, warnings, offers of help and requests for information are all the kind of things the service is designed to include.

The response has so far been very positive. "AlertNet gives up to date information on the most important humanitarian crises that are going on in the world," a Belgian Red Cross spokesman told AlertNet. Ireland-based Concern Worldwide said: "We use AlertNet for red hot information as it is unfolding."

The government has also recognised the service, selecting it as one of the 200 official "Millennium Products". The "Millennium Products scheme, launched by the Design Council, was launched by Prime Minister Tony Blair last year.

Development plans for the service include enhanced news delivery, a new design and better navigation. Check out the site at www.alertnet.org



Date: Sat, 05 Sep 1998 17:27:25 +0100

From: Michael Golden <refugeesatabdn.ac.uk>

Subject: Ngonut: field exchange



The Emergency Nutrition Network has a publication "Field Exchange" which is designed for field workers in nutrition - it is free of charge to all those in emergency nutrition. The feed-back that I have had from the readers in the NGOs that I deal with has been entirely positive - each issue is studied and re-studied and read by many people.

For those with direct access to the Internet it is now available on the web at http://www.tcd.ie/ENN.


Prof. Michael H.N.Golden

Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 22:36:20 -0700

From: "Dr. Douglas Taren" <tarenatU.Arizona.EDU>

Subject: Ngonut: index of mail


Dear Fellow listserve members,

I just would like to write that I have started to index the messages that come across the listserve for the international nutrition class (graduate level) that I teach in January each year. It is really more a table of contents with topics such as iron, corn-soy mix, philosophy (FFT), vitamin A, etc. If anyone has been keeping track of all the mail longer than me, I would appreciate getting topics and some of the mail that started before 1998. I believe that having students read what people are asking questions about and what are the answers will be a great way to have them start discussing issues themselves. So thanks for all the course materials.


Douglas Taren, PhD, Associate Professor and Director

Nutrition and Physical Activity Unit, University of Arizona Prevention Center 2231 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85718

Phone: (520) 626-4609, Fax: (520) 626-7906

From: "steve collins" <steveatconcern1.demon.co.uk>

Subject: Ngonut: BMI for height standards in adolescents

Date: Sat, 10 Oct 1998 09:44:40 +0100


Dear Dr Brewster,

I have just returned from S Sudan where there is a large adolescent problem and no efficient admission criteria. Some time ago you sent the sphere working group tables for adolescent BMI for height. In S Sudan Concern intend to try to formulate MUAC for age or for height criteria, if at all possible, however we haven't got any BMI for Ht criteria as an initial starting point. I'm afraid I managed to mess up the tables you sent sphere whilst copying them to a data base (what a ninkonpoop !) . If you could possibly e-mail CONCERN in South Sudan with some more tables I'd be very grateful. The e-mail address is:




steve collins

From: Tony Helman

Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 12:04:09 GMT


Dear colleague,

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